No surprises in Associated Industries’ final round of legislative endorsements

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There are few, if any, surprises in Associated Industries final round of legislative endorsements.

Of course, AIF endorsed Republicans Aaron Bean and Jeff Brandes for the State Senate. Of course, it endorsed pro-business State House candidates like Halsey Beshears in HD 7 and Kathleen Peters in HD 69.

Also receiving AIF’s vote of confidence are:  Ron “Doc” Renuart – HD 17, Marco Pena – HD 49, Cary Pigman – HD 55, Ross Spano – HD 59, Janet Cruz – HD 62, Frank Farkas – HD 68, Kevin Rader – HD 81, MaryLynn Magar – HD 82, Perry Thurston – HD 94, Sharon Pritchett – HD 102, Richard “Rick” Stark – HD 104, Alex Diaz de la Portilla – HD 112, Jose Felix Diaz – HD 116.

“The AIFPAC is proud to announce our support of these candidates who all share the core beliefs that will help our business climate prosper and spur job growth for hardworking Floridians,” said Tom Feeney, Associated Industries of Florida President and CEO. “AIF is committed to a state government that supports lower taxes, less regulation and less interference in the daily lives of Florida business owners. The candidates endorsed today will fight for those principles. We look forward to working with each of them on our continued effort to make Florida the most productive state economy in the nation.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.